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'We must turn the tide against League leaders," insists Chopper

16 December 2016

Lions boss calling for a 'strong reaction' following Shrewsbury defeat

Millwall are bracing for a bruising affair at Scunthorpe on Saturday and Neil Harris has instructed his squad 'not to take a backwards step' against the League leaders.

Both sides are smarting from defeats in their most recent Sky Bet League One outings and the Lions boss believes that lingering frustrations will be channelled positively at Glanford Park.

"My players are stinging from our defeat to Shrewsbury," Harris told "It was a real sucker-punch, they scored with virtually their only shot of the game. But that type of thing is happening to us at the moment and we need to put it right. 

"Scunthorpe also lost to Rochdale last time out and you can bet that in the same way I am calling for a reaction from my players that our opponents will be given exactly the same message."

The Iron have been labelled by some as the surprise package of the season but their rise hasn't surprised the Millwall manager.

"They have kept a consistent team over the summer, didn't lose anybody and only added quality to their squad. They have a settled side and they are at the top of the League, that speaks volumes.

"They have proved they can score goals, but so have we. We will have to be tight at the back to shut out their strikers."

Both managers are expected to make changes to their starting XI for the match. Lions defender Shaun Hutchinson returned to action for the U23s against Charlton but is unlikely to be risked against Scunthorpe, while centre-back Byron and Webster and striker Steve Morison will be assessed prior to kick-off.

"Byron Webster has been struggling with a hamstring niggle and this game may come too soon for him. Same too for Shaun Hutchinson and Steve Morison, but we will just have to see. They are three key players in this group and it will be good to have them back sooner rather than later," Harris said.

Meanwhile, Iron defender Murray Wallace and midfielder Duane Holmes are in doubt after suffering knocks in the Rochdale defeat, while Saturday's match will come too soon for injured centre-back David Mirfin.

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